Inside this week's Spokesman is a special magazine dedicating to the Amazing Kids in Wilsonville and surrounding metro cities

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - Jacob Thompson, an Arts and Technology High School student, was selected as the 2018 Amazing Kid for Wilsonville. Wilsonville's own Jacob Thompson was honored this week as a Pamplin Media Group "Amazing Kid," a program initiated five years ago to honor exceptional youth in our communities. Each of Pamplin's 20 community newspapers selected a local young person from a group of nominees chosen by the community. Amazing Kids highlights the work and character of young people trying to make a difference.

A gala event was held April 30 at OMSI to honor Thompson and the others, with former Trail Blazer Brian Grant as keynote speaker. Thompson, who overcame homelessness and childhood chaos to excel in school while displaying great strength of character and leadership, exemplifies the traits the Amazing Kids program seeks to acknowledge. 2018 Amazing Kids

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District's pool of exceptional kids doesn't end with Thompson.

Also honored as Amazing Kids for 2018 were West Linn High School students Anthony Varga, who has shown tremendous dedication to ensuring his peers feel accepted and supported, and Jessica Yu, whose two life-saving inventions demonstrate her caring personality.

The Spokesman received multiple nominations for Amazing Kids, including Chloe Lam, who overcame her own serious health issues to display selfless dedication to the mission of Doernbecher's Children's Hospital; Kaya Williams, who has demonstrated great strength of character as a student at Art and Technology High School and is aiming to be the first in her family to attend college and Cayden Nelson, who fought her way back from a serious sports injury to dedicate countless volunteer hours for animal rescue and her school's art program.

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